UNFRIEND HIM

Mike Pompeo Leaned on Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Ditch Associate Tied to Khashoggi Murder

Mike Pompeo, the U.S. secretary of state, urged Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to sever ties with one of his close advisers who is believed to have been involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to the Guardian. The private conversation occurred after concern was raised over Saudi handling of the Khashoggi affair by the Trump White House. King Salman had previously rebuked Saud al-Qahtani and asked that his son’s key aide be removed. The adviser has been sanctioned by the Trump administration for his alleged role in the murder of the journalist. U.S. authorities believe he oversaw the team that killed Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Guardian reports it's unlikely that the crown prince will heed the warning, quoting a source that told the paper, “I am not sure MBS will take any notice of the U.S. over this.”